05 October 2015

Of Mountains and Such

Last Monday, I had just got back from our gorgeous trip to Tennessee. Infact, I had miraculously received two extra days off at the last minute so I could stay with my sister and brother in law for a few days before all of us met up at a little cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
We were setting out on the deck eating our first supper together when we noticed the mountains in the distance were turning a really weird pink color. So I brought out my camera in time to catch this sunset. 

I don't think I've ever really played a game of pool in my life, but there was a pool table in our cabin. And let me tell you... it quickly became a new favorite game of mine :)

One evening we went into the miniature theater room and watched a compilation of home videos from my Dad's side of the family. I'll be honest and say that I cried a few times when I would see videos of my Dad's father. He looked like a man that I would have loved to know :')

Leaves were already falling just a little bit up in the mountains :)

This was one of those shots that I was anticipating taking the whole trip. When I finally saw the old Mill, I made no hesitation to walk down there, wade in the water, and set up my tripod for this shot. My family joined me down there soon after, and when I got out of the water where I could hear them... they pointed to a sign that advised to stay out of the water due to high bacteria levels. Oops. Well, it's a week later and I'm feeling just fine... ;P

Family :)

And family, plus a little one on the way :D

We had just been to the first ultra sound for the little one and found out that they're going to have a little boy! We're all so excited :D

Our very last evening there, we travelled up to Clingman's Dome.
It was too foggy at the top of the mountain to see more than a few yards, but the drive up there was certainly gorgeous!

And on our way back down, we stopped at an overlook to watch the night sky.

Thanks for stopping by :)


01 October 2015

Andrea {Senior 2016}

 I was in Jefferson, Oregon for a church campmeeting in June. Andrea's family is originally from that area, so she asked me to take her senior pictures while we were up there for the campmeeting and youth camp.
I had never been to Oregon, so I had no idea of what the country side would be up there... But me and one of my friends, Kelsey, took a jog one afternoon and I was in awe at the beauty of the farm land out there. The crops were planted right up next to the road (literally within 2 feet from it). Then they stretched on until they touched the base of the mountains. It was really a majestic view... I wouldn't mind jogging on that road everyday!! ;) Anyway, the area we jogged just so happened to be the same area that Andrea wanted her Senior pictures taken. :)

Thank you so much, Karissa, for coming along with us. :)


30 September 2015

Life = Beautiful

I got up a little early this morning... Finally! Ha! I've been intending on going to the lake about everyday this week to take pictures of the sunrise, and each morning I decided I wanted to sleep instead! ;P
It is always such a heavenly experience to watch a beautiful sunrise, and this morning was no exception! I got home and was getting ready for work and put on the song "Life is Beautiful" by The Afters and just listened to it on repeat. :) 
I've always been a little bit of a "romantic" — if you want to call it that — when it comes to the way I view life and the world around me. And so this morning my thoughts were on how beautiful nature is, how wonderful it is to be with family (we have a family reunion this afternoon), how blessed I was to get a few extra days off work next week to go visit Alyssa in West Virginia, and how much I love tent meetings... And all the other lovely things that are going on in my life right now. 
And then I talked to one of my friends this morning to wish her a happy birthday and she told me that she just got a new car, and was having a perfect day! Eeek! So happy for her! :D There are just so many beautiful things in life that causes me to realize more and more how much God has blessed us with and how he gives and gives to us, even in the small things.


15 September 2015

Prauge Weekend

I have been looking forward to this weekend since forever. Haha!
Rather, my friends and I have been looking forward to this weekend since Monark! 
We call each other "grannys" since we are all single and we can still "live it up!" So we planned our "granny reunion" for this weekend to jet ski and camp out. It also happened to fall on the weekend of the start of the Prauge tent meeting. I've always been quite partial to tent meetings myself, so it was really cool to be in one again. 

I left home at 6am Saturday morning and I ended up stopping to take pictures not far from our house at the lake because the fog and sunrise was just so cool!

Lake/camping gear 101 ;)

I was on the phone with Alyssa, so (not any blame to her) I was a little sidetracked and let a lot of the fog escape before I got the picture I wanted. So I'm hoping/planning to go back there one morning this week to see if I can catch some more fog.

After riding around on the lake, we roasted hot dogs and had grilled chicken in Christy's new air-tank grill she had someone make for her. (I think it's just plain adorable!)

After lunch, we tried kneeboarding. It was the first time for most of us, and it took everyone quite a few tries to get up and go. But I resentfully must say that I gave up after three tries. :( I figure I'll have an opportunity to try again sometime, though.

I can't say enough about how much I love this girl and her spirit! 

That evening, we made our way over to Christy's older sister's house and met up with Jaime and Kayla before we went over to Christy's land to camp out.

Apparently, the thing to do at their household is to sit around the fire and eat sunflower seeds. So we sat and talked with the background noise of everyone spitting out the shells of the seeds. ;)

Little Levi and his toad

Our protector ;)

Everyone had retired and went to bed on their cots, and my hammock was waiting for me... but I was busy getting some shots that I wanted to get since the sky was so clear.

The good ole Milky Way

Then I took a few 30 minute exposures to catch some star trails. I love how you can see Christy's truck in here too ;)

I sat my camera up to take this last shot, and I went to my hammock and tried to lay down to get a little nap and hopefully get rid of the bit of a stomach ache I had developed that night. I couldn't stay there long before I felt like I was going to throw up, and I thought, "Oh no. Really? Not this again." I realized that I had probably dehydrated myself. So, to save you the gory details of my erupting stomach... I'll just say that I was finally able to fall asleep in the car sometime after 20 minutes of throwing up and felt 100% better in the morning. Thank the Lord! 

Like I already mentioned, we went to the Prauge tent meeting Sunday morning, and it was a really blessed service. But, one of the things I love best about tent meetings is the fellowship afterwards.
We at lunch at Christy's parents' farm and enjoyed a relaxed Sunday.